Thranduil and the Fisher King: Thorin and Perceval?

If Thranduil is the Fisher King and the Arkenstone is the Grail, that would make Thorin Perceval. It could work. The Grail quest is of a story type called “Frustrated Redemption,” characterized by “the presence of two protagonists: a youth … Continue reading

Thranduil and the Fisher King: A Need for Healing

I thought the most interesting part of Marthe’s article was the speculation that Thranduil is in need of healing. The Fisher King is eternally injured, sometimes through others’ actions, sometimes through his own carelessness. Is Thranduil injured? Within the confines … Continue reading

Thranduil and the Fisher King: The Grail

Of all the characters in The Hobbit, I have been most interested to see what will be done with Thranduil. In an article in Empire Magazine, Lee Pace said that two inspirations for the character were Oberon and the Fisher … Continue reading

Medieval Christmas: Secular Fun

Carols Carols, today, mean “songs that are sung at Christmas.” During the Middle Ages, a carol meant a ring dance accompanied by a song. [1] These were often done at Christmas, but they were not exclusively Christmas fare. It’s tempting … Continue reading

Medieval Anachronisms, Part 2: Tournaments

Visit the “Post Series” page for the full series. Arthurian tales of elaborate tournaments originated largely in the High Middle Ages. During the actual High Middle Ages, tournaments as we think of them in Arthurian tales did not exist. However, … Continue reading

King Arthur’s Death: The Middle English Stanzaic Morte Arthur and Alliterative Morte Arthure

Few copies of the Stanzaic Morte Arthur and Alliterative Morte Arthure are available. I am indifferent in announcing that King Arthur’s Death by Larry D. Benson is perfectly mediocre. With that said, it’s also the only copy of the two … Continue reading